NURS 4634 Transitions to Practice

NURS 4634 Course Description
This course presents concepts of nursing leadership, management, and professional development. Emphasis is on the synthesis of skills, knowledge, and attitudes to coordinate holistic, evidence-based care in healthcare organizations.
Successful completion of NURS 4212, NURS 4632, and NURS 4723 for generic students. Successful completion of NURS 3303, NURS 3312, and NURS 3415 for the RN-BSN/MSN student. (Credit: 3:3).
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Professionalism: Exemplify professional and ethical behavior using moral, altruistic, ethical, and humanistic principles, while maintaining legal and regulatory standard
2. Patient-Centered Care: Develop and implement plans of care for patients that promotes individual preferences, values, and needs of diverse populations across the lifespan and various healthcare environments
3. Evidenced-Based Practice (EBP):  Synthesize and apply evidence and best practices relevant to clinical healthcare settings to improve patient outcomes.

4. Informatics & Technology: Incorporate information and technology to communicate, manage meaningful data, explore security issues, and support decision-making in a various healthcare settings
5. Quality Improvement:  Incorporate roles of leaders, managers, and followers to promote healthcare policies and processes to create a quality management culture for the patient and healthcare.

6. Teamwork and Collaboration: Investigate Interprofessional teamwork and collaboration fostering mutual respect and sharing decision making for improved patient outcomes.

7. Wellness and Prevention:  Integrates health promotion, maintenance, restoration, and disease prevention at the individual and population level to improve health outcomes.

8. Leadership:  Integrates theory, best practices, and research knowledge in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of leadership actions.

9. Safety: Demonstrates knowledge, skills, and attitudes to promote quality and safe practice environments for patients, themselves, and others.
10. Strengths: Evaluate how strengths (signature talent themes) influence the role of the student nurse and clinical decision-making.

Grading Policy and Criteria
Students repeating a course may not use previously submitted assignments in the current course or previous courses nor utilize the same patients for an assignment. Submitting the same or slightly modified assignments from previous semesters is considered self-plagiarism and is subject to academic discipline, including failing the assignment or the course.
Specific guidelines and grading criteria for all assignments are in the Modules. Final grades for the course will be determined based on the following point assignments:
A – 90-100
B – 80-89
C – 75-79
D – 60-74
F – Below 60
Completion of NURS 4634 is based on satisfactory attainment of didactic and clinical criteria. Any student who fails to meet the course objectives and expectations in either the classroom or clinical area must repeat the entire course and may not progress to the next level.
Final course grades less than 75.0% are not rounded up.
The combined weighted calculation of all course assignments, quizzes, and exams must be at least 75% in order to pass the course.
Late policy: 5% will be deducted each day an assignment is past due unless prior arrangements have been made with your course faculty. Extenuating circumstances may apply.

Criteria for Evaluation:
Percentage of Grade:

Exam 1

Exam 2


ATI:   Leadership Assessment, NCLEX Review

Clinical Practicum

Final Exam Date: Date of the final examination, scheduled according to the University final exam schedule. Reminder: any deviation from scheduled times must be approved by the college dean.
Attendance and Make-up Policy
Attendance/participation is expected. Make-up for exams, quizzes, assignments, and clinical time missed is at the discretion of the instructor.
Required Textbooks/Materials
Yoder-Wise, P. S. (2019). Leading and managing in nursing (7th Ed.)  St. Louis: Elsevier, ISBN:  978-0-323-44913-7
Optional: Benner, P. (2001).  From novice to expert:  excellence and power in clinical nursing practice. Menlo Park, California:  Addison-Wesley Publishing Company. ISBN: 978-0-13-032522-8 or 0-13-032522-8
ATI – Students need access to their ATI account


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